The Citizen is a six-day-a-week, morning daily newspaper in Laconia, New Hampshire, United States, the largest local paper serving the Lakes Region of that state. It has been owned since 2010 by Sample News Group of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, managed by Eagle Printing & Publishing of Claremont, New Hampshire.
The Citizen was formerly an afternoon paper called the Laconia Evening Citizen. It was owned by Lawrence J. Smith and Alma Gallagher Smith until the Geo. J. Foster Company took over, May 10, 1991. Foster was the publisher of Foster's Daily Democrat in Dover, New Hampshire until 2013 when Gatehouse Media purchased the newspaper.
In the late 1990s, the Foster Company launched Foster's Sunday Citizen as a joint venture by Foster's Daily Democrat and The Citizen, neither of which previously had a Sunday edition.
In November 2006, The Citizen converted to morning publication; its sister paper in Dover followed a year later. The company made the change in order to compete with nearby papers such as the New Hampshire Union Leader and the Concord Monitor.
The Foster Company announced on June 23, 2010, that it would sell the paper on June 26, in order to concentrate on their main property, Foster's Daily Democrat. The company said it would continue to print The Citizen and the Laconia edition of the Sunday Citizen at its presses for at least the next three months. The new owner was Sample News Group, publisher of several newspapers across the northeastern United States.
The Saturday Citizen features a "local" section, which includes the "History" section, a look back at Laconia from 125, 100, 75, 50, 25, and 10 years ago with articles from local newspapers of that time, as well as an old photograph of an area in Laconia (including Weirs Beach and Lakeport) with a description below it, then a current picture of the same area with an updated description.